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Grocery Shopping and the Budget

July 21st, 2011 at 08:31 am

Last week CNBC had a program on grocery stores and/or supermarkets. Interviewed were CEO's of large ones such as Whole Foods and also a gal who owned a little mom and pop. It was interesting to hear what each thought of their business.

They talked about research done for the big chains. It said that stores that provide extras seem to bring in people for those things -- recipes, samples, even entertainment. What they also said was the average person shops 3-4 times a week and overspends because they buy things they didn't originally plan to buy.

Well, we all know if one buys unplanned for things, it can blow the budget, but I'm curious, how many times do you shop? I try to do it once a week and usually be the end of the week, my fridge looks what I term "lonely" because it is getting empty. I just hate it if I have to stop and get something I forgot.

9 Responses to “Grocery Shopping and the Budget”

  1. uRabbit Says:

    The very reason I wrote my blog post, Groceries on a Budget - Literally, was for people that need it. People like you and me!

    Here is the budget itself.

    Since we started this, we have come in under budget every time!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    We try to get it all done on Saturday, but sometimes there might be additional things we need and I'll do that at Target on my lunch hour. Our toddler is a voracious milk drinker, so that's most often what we run out of before the week is done.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Ugh! I'd like to say once a week, but it seems I'm at SuperTarget more than once a week...maybe two or three times. However, there are times were we do really well and can go 10 days without stopping at the grocery store. It's the wants that we induldge in that get us everytime. However, we aren't going into debt for these, so I'm okay with it for now.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Probably once a week grocery shopping, twice a month Target runs (several items we only buy there), and often mid-week runs for bread or milk type items.

    I think the one thing we go through like crazy is BREAD. My just turned 8-year-old eats double decker sandwhiches (since Kinder?). I am just waiting for my 1st grader to tell me he needs a bigger lunch, too. They are cut of the same clothe - bottomless pits. We kind of do oatmeal/cereal/granola breakfast, sanwiches for lunch, and then home cooked meals for dinners. So, bread bread bread.

  5. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I try to shop every two weeks. I am one of those that if I have to go to the store I end up with more than I went there for. I have solved this by dropping my DD off and letting her go in for the one or two items we need. It is time saving and friendly on the budget!

  6. Miz Pat Says:

    I have started trying to shop every two weeks instead of once a week. It seems to help me plan better.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Normally we go about twice a week, because we mostly buy things without additives and preservatives and they just don't keep that long and we don't have a lot of extra space to store milk. Canned good and staple shopping I do maybe four times a year, but milk, bread (when I'm not well enough to make it), fresh fruit, and fresh veg we just have to go in much more often. Meat we try to shop for only once or twice a month and buy enough of what's on sale to freeze a lot of extra.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Looks like many of you plan and make as few grocery trips as possible!

  9. CS Says:

    We usually shop every 10 days or so, unless we have an unexpected get-together that we want to prepare something special for. Of course, my husband and I say we only eat because we have to--- neither one of us likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I know! It's sad! Hoping the frugal foodie will inspire me!

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